Bombs Explode Across Baghdad Two Days After Church Attack
Iraqi mourner from Sunday’s church siege. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images
At least 10 explosions across the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed more than 60 people and injured 180 on Tuesday, according to Iraqi hospital sources and police.
The bombings struck 10 neighborhoods starting at about 6:15 p.m., the Associated Press reported. Restaurants, banks and markets in mostly Shiite neighborhoods appeared to be the targets of the car and roadside bombs and other attacks.
Some Iraqis are reportedly blaming the upswing in violence on the failure of Iraqi politicians to form a government eight months after elections, stoking sectarian tensions.
Tuesday’s string of explosions comes two days after gunmen held 160 people hostage in one of Baghdad’s largest cathedrals. In the end, 58 people were killed either from the suicide bombers or in crossfire with police.
The Islamic State of Iraq, a front group for al-Qaida in Iraq, took responsibility for the church siege on its website. It called the church a “dirty den of idolatry.”
A funeral for the victims, which included worshippers and priests, took place Tuesday. The mass was interrupted several times as more coffins were carried into the church.